Live Olive: Maximilla

Today, my dears, I’d like to introduce you to the lovely Miss Maximilla Lukacs – filmmaker and visual artist of the highest order and a sweet gal to boot.

Like moí, Miss Maximilla is a gypsy wanderer, an adventuress of land and sea and sky, and an explorer of the outer worlds and the inner mind.

Take seat ladies, and listen up!

Q: What inspired you as a child artistically?

A: Drawing mostly. I loved to draw so much as a child that I drew all over my parents’ hallway in communist Budapest, Hungary. Huge scribbles as tall as I probably was at the time. All over their nice wallpaper. I guess I needed to express myself and I guess in a show of support they left the drawings up for a long time.  As a child the thing you love to do the most is create imaginary worlds. So for me not much has changed. I have found a way to make that my job.

Q: What do you love most about the filmmaking process?

A: I really love that through films you can take entire worlds that are imagined in your head and turn them into a reality that you can share with others. It really is magical. And through the process you get to collaborate with so many other talented artists that end up making that world even richer and more beautiful.

I started off painting and drawing which is a very lonely, isolating process but you have control over every minute detail. With filmmaking there is a beautiful chaos to it that over time you learn to surf and sculpt. So strangely the thing I love the most about the filmmaking process is those chance elements that come with working with others and working with nature and light and music. Bring on the beautiful chaos!

Also, there is something of the unspoken, unwritten. There is an experiential quality to film that can only happen in that medium. Those moments of watching a film that make you feel something so specific yet it cannot be described in words. I love that! I strive for that.

Q: Favorite women filmmakers? 

Sadly there are not too many women filmmakers to point to.  They are more absent from the film dialogue as makers than almost any other art form. But I know that is changing as we speak.

My favorites are Maya Deren and Vera Chytilova. Maya Deren’s films offer such a unique and feminine vision that I feel is lacking from the language if film in general. Her surrealist vision and the way she plays with time and with movement is incredible. She is a true visionary!

And Vera Chytilova made one of my favorite films of all time “Daisies”. There is so much experimentation going on in the film in terms of her craft.  But also the main characters in the film, two young girls who are so defiant and show a side to girls that I don’t think had been properly portrayed in film up to that point. (It was banned upon its initial release due to its depictions of wasting food!)

In the film the girls decide that since the world has gone bad they are going bad and the adventures that unfold are truly amazing antics. There is some really experimental storytelling going on in the film.  She uses the tossing of flower wreaths to transition from one scene to another in a way that is so gracefully psychedelic.

Now this brings me to the next person I want to talk about who I think is doing amazing work today and that is Lena Dunham who directed “Tiny Furniture” and is now doing the TV show “Girls”.

I think she is showing a side of young girls that is so honest and refreshing and completely absent from mainstream culture.

I think women need to enter the very important cultural dialogue of film. I think the world needs a prismatic point of view in 2012 and women and people from more impoverished cultures with fewer resources are part of that.  Culturally we need a full spectrum representation of the human experience. Film plays a crucial role in that. It is a mirror we must hold up to ourselves as a species. Our films tell us so much about what is going on with our collective soul. With our collective consciousness. I think this is a very exciting time to be alive!

Wren F/W 12 “Beware of Young Girls” from Maximilla Lukacs on Vimeo.

Olive Goil: Radarte

Rodarte is the absolutely beautiful brainchild of not one, but two fabulous gals – sisters in fact – whose eye for color and cut and unexpected and matchless looks, has made their fashion line one of the most fascinating in the whole wide world!

Miss Kate and Laura Mulleavy grew up exploring and adventuring from their California home, cutting and pasting and building and wandering through Sierra forests or Big Sur cliffsides. Now all grown up, The Mulleavy’s have conquered the fickle fashionistas and charmed clothes lovers everywhere.

This is a duo that knows a thing or two about glam and glitter and glitz and they have dressed many a bright starlet in their signature designs. But they are also good at cozy knits and amazing shoes and art collaborations that stray far outside the boundaries of ordinary clothing.

Today  the lovely ladies design costumes for operas and uniforms for Olympic athletes, create magical installations in museums and work on books and journals and other sorts of sweet storytelling, which captures their very experimental, very California aesthetic.

Ah California! The Golden State! I have been there many times my friends, and I never grow weary. Ocean, mountain, desert – and of course, the streets of Tinseltown, where I have strutted my stuff time and time again!

If I had my way, my dears, I would be wearing Rodarte, every single day! The fantabulous gowns for the nights when I am belle of the ball, or their pretty, flirty dresses for waving from the dock to my handsome man Popeye, just as he’s sailing back home.

No matter what creations I donned from these endlessly imaginative sisters, I can guarantee you, I’d always be looking both chic and unique!

Check them out at rodarte.com

Olive Loves: The Bamford DRx Popeye Watch

Okay dearest readers, hold on tight – and take a gander at this! Revamp artist Darren Romanelli, watch masters Bamford and the fine folks at my very own King Features have teamed up for this titillating time piece!

You might recognize the inspiration for this one, a strapping fella by the name of Popeye – who just happens to be my one and only, spinach-eating, pipe-tootin’, sweet sailor man!

Doesn’t my beau look divine, telling time?

Now, I know what you’re all thinking, where is the watch of moí??

Well, I had the same question myself, but for now, let’s go ahead and give my gorgeous guy his due. He can be the star of the show, for the moment… and besides, a lady doesn’t get jealous – it is simply not a flattering look.

Am I correct, girls?

So let’s all shout out congrats to my beloved Mr. P,  for his immortalization on the wrists of the multitudes!!

Live Olive: Spring Safari

Lions and Cheetahs and Rhinos, oh my!

Just take a gander at these select looks, just the right fashion forward pieces to pack for a smashing safari! Imagine donning these duds for zebra sightings and giraffe gallivanting and cooking s’mores by the fireside light.

The lovely stylist Courtney Lowe has done it again – creating a variety of styles to strut both out on the plains and while swashbuckling through jungles – of wild or the urban kind!